A Palos Hills man claiming to be a white supremacist kicked and spat at police who chased him down after he attempted to run over a customer in the parking lot at Walgreens in Frankfort.
James Schoepf, 46, Palos Hills, was stopped Feb. 23 by Mokena police as he was fleeing the parking lot at Walgreens at Route 30 and Harlem Avenue in Frankfort. Police said the incident at Walgreens started as a "theft in progress."
According to the report, Mokena police responded the alert when a car matching the description was spotted headed north on LaGrange Road at LaPorte Road.
He reportedly led police on a chase that ended on Lakeview Way in Mokena. Police said he leaned over to the passenger side of his vehicle and appeared to reaching for something. With guns drawn, Frankfort and Mokena police responded. While getting Schoepf out the car, they pulled him to the ground and handcuffed him.
As officers worked to get him in a Frankfort police squad, the Mokena police report noted that he was yelling, "I'm a white supremacist" and forcefully began bouncing his head on the hood of the squad. Police said he was combative throughout the arrest. He both kicked and spat at officers, while screaming obscenities.
Once in the squad, Schoepf reportedly kicked at the windows. While police were attempting to get him in a seat belt and put leg restraints on him, he both kicked and pinched them. He reportedly lunged at police in an attempt to bite one of the officers.
Schoepf was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of resisting a police officer, driving on a suspended license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving an uninsured vehicle.
There was no further information available about the parking lot or theft incidents at Walgreens.
Schoepf was taken to Will County jail. Bond was set at $100,000.
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